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Product Type: Audio
Age: Late Elementary School Years
Categories: Stories: Audio and Book Sets

 


2013 Award
The Wreck of the Zephyr with downloadable audio
(by Chris Van Allsburg, Houghton Mifflin $18.99 Score:)

Want to hear Chris Van Allsburg himself read this well loved tale to you and your kids? This 30th anniversary edition of the boy who dared to chase the wind, has the same glorious pastel illustrations plus a new cover PLUS a code that will give you a free downloadable audio version on the publishers website.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2012 Award
Vivaldi's Four Seasons Book and CD
(by Anna Harwell Celenza/ illus. JoAnn E. Kitchel, Charlesbridge $19.99 Score:)

Newest in the author's series of great composer's stories. Ratherthan telling the whole life story, each of the picture books concentrates on a famous composition by a composer. This tells about the Venetian orphanage where Vivaldi taught music to young girls. His fanciful stories did not please the governors and he was sent away. But he returned later with his most memorable composition, the Four Seasons. The author's notes indicate that it is not known for certain when his masterpiece was composed, though it is believed to have been in Mantua, she he worked after leaving the orphanage. Weaving stories to the great music will hopefully open the doors to new listening for another generation.  7 & up.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2012.

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2011 Award
Duke Ellington's Nutcracker Suite, Book and CD
(by Anna Harwell Calenza/ illus. Don Tate, Charlesbridge $19.95 Score:)

Musicologist, Anna Harwell Calenza tells young readers how it was that Duke Ellington and his collaborator, Billy Strayhorn, came to transform Tchaikovsky's classic Nutcracker Suite into a collection of jumpin' jazz melodies. Based on historic fact, this is a terrific way to introduce young audiences to jazz, using familiar music that they recognize as they hear the new variations. The story reflects how reluctant some of the band members were to playing ballet music and how the work of two masters opened their ears and minds. Vivid colors dance through the pages of the handsome book that comes with an orchestral CD of the composition played by Duke Ellington himself and members of his orchestra.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2011.

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2009 Award
Dominic
(by WIlliam Steig/narrated by Peter Thomas, Listening Library $25 Score:)

One of Steig’s best, Dominic packs his things and takes off to see the world. Pretty soon he meets up with the Doomsday Gang and so his adventure begins as he proves himself a match for their greedy ways. When word gets around, all who have been subjected to these villains seek Dominic’s help. A tale about the ups and downs of winning one's independence while learning about life and death, love and loss, and a genuine love of life! This is a story adults can savor along with their kids.   2 hrs. & 43 minutes on 3 CD’s. A good choice for a long car trip or flight.  

 

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2008 Award
Peter Pan
(Listening Library $29.95 Score:)

If you only know the Disney version of Peter Pan—you are in for a big surprise—and a very special treat. I’m not sure how many parents today will wade into that world J.M. Barrie created early in the 20th Century. But with Jim Dale as the storyteller, no problem! As he did with his masterful readings of the Harry Potter books, Jim Dale creates a special magic with a unique voice for each of the featured players. You will love his take-charge Peter, his snide Captain Hook and his smotherly, motherly Wendy. Take this along on the next long drive you do or dole it out a few chapters at a time as an after dinner treat. Dale will take you off to Neverland with his magical performance. Think lovely thoughts!

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2008. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2008 Award
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
(Listening Library $25.95 Score:)

You may not want to admit it, but if you have never gotten through all of Lewis Carroll’s Alice, let Jim Dale take you down the rabbit hole and beyond. Who better than this master storyteller can navigate you through the world of the Mad Hatter, the Cheshire Cat and all the other whimsical characters created in 1865? Dale’s reading makes this classic live with a new vitality.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2008. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2008 Award
Anne of Green Gables
(Listening Library $19.95 Score:)

Kate Burton reads this classic tale of Anne Shirley who is orphaned and sent to live with Marilla Cuthbery and Matthew. They were expecting a strong boy to help with chores and instead they get a hot-headed girl who can't seem to avid one dispute after another. This is a tender tale that we also recommend on video. But listening to the story without images on a screen demands imagination-something Anne Shirley has a plentiful supply of herself.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2008. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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